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Mine cat loves curling up in the front-end washer. I didn't say they weren't strange.
As for the clockwise/counter-clockwise question, the ranger suggested counter clockwise and I think that was the way to go. A few things to consider when making your decision though. Coming down trail rider pass with Snowmass at our backs is very steep. The other section that was really steep was west maroon pass going toward maroon lake. Going clockwise, especially if there is snow and ice (there will be in July) is probably easier. More importantly, think about how you are going to do the two passes in the same day. There is no good place to stop between west maroon pass and frigid air, and I have pretty low standards for "good places to stop". Plus, it is quite a while after Frigid Air headed toward buckskin (if you go clockwise) before you get to a camping spot. Plan accordingly. I also don't know how much you care, but where the sunlight is late in the day can make for some spectacular photos. The evening we climbed over Buckskin I got some great shots. To recap: both have advantages and disadvantages. I liked counter-clockwise, but I think splitting up the passes is a little easier if you go clockwise.
Have a wonderful trip. This was the most amazing hike!! (Also, I hope you're going as late as possible in July, the wild flowers were peaking in mid/late August and the last of the snow had just melted).
I see this as game theory unfolding between the content providers, ISPs with deep pockets, and the little guys. Maybe that's over-simplifying the matter, but I'm sure I know who loses unless some kind of regulator steps in. I agree with Per, I'm deeply troubled if this becomes the trend.
Lastly, as a consumer, who is Disney to take it of my control? I watch TV over the internet because the cable model is broken and doesn't meet the consumer's needs. Mr. Padden went on endlessly about how Disney is empowering the consumer to access content on their terms, but clearly the company is also pursuing less consumer-friendly alternatives. What other skeletons are out there that we don't know about?
As for the weather, it's windy. There are three kinds of wind here: wind, strong wind, and wind with driving rain. Pack a good tent for the wind, excellent rain clothes, and a spare set of dry clothes. Also, consider earplugs.
Best of luck, and have a good trip!